WHAT: Climate change refers to the increasing changes in the measure of climate over a long period of time – including precipitation, temperature, and wind patterns (USGS).
TRIBAL IMPACTS: Climate change has been a topic of concern in Tribal fish and wildlife circles for years. Many Tribes are active in Climate Change and Adaptability planning, examples include Karuk Tribe and the Great Lakes Indian Fisheries Commission. The threats to climate directly impact Tribal fish, wildlife, and natural resources along with Tribal sovereignty.
NAFWS: The NAFWS Southwest Region has been successful in obtaining BIA Climate Resiliency funding to support travel to NAFWS conferences. Climate change training, workshops will be a standing agenda item at future NAFWS conferences. NAFWS Regional Directors and staff have worked with Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) and Tribal Climate Science Liaisons; this partnership will continue.